Tuesday, November 26, 2013
imagination and the city
He liked cities that had water running through them and elevated pavements, cities that made variety of perspective possible. If an ideal city existed for him, it was Venice, the city of Marco Polo. For this reason, Calvino made the great Venetian traveller the narrator of Invisible Cities (1972), that collection of crystalline prose poems depicting imaginary cities shaped by memory and desire, all of them variations on Venice.
-- from an article on Italo Calvino in TLS